Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Year Of Faces

I thought of compiling my favorite looks throughout the year in one handy little post, but it just ended up being a lot of my face, so I realize this post may be a little narcissistic, but let's trudge on. It's kind of fun to see how my face changed throughout the year (or thankfully, didn't. Yes that clock has started ticking). I'll say my eyebrows looked fabulous in the beginning of the year, though. I wonder what I was doing then?

As much as possible, I tried to find photos previously unpublished. There may be some repeats, but I hope you enjoy!

February




March




June


July


August

I don't think I ever posted this, but I like this particular blush placement and the nude lips. Now if only I knew what I used /cries





September



Didn't publish this Peter Som NYFW Fall 2012 runway recreation because I laughed at myself after.


I combed through the archives and couldn't find this, so here! I think this was taken the week I started having the urge to chop off my hair and I remember I wanted to have a photo of myself in waves before it was all gone. I was wearing literally only one product on my face/eyes/lips - Mistura 6-in-1 Beauty Solution. It worked, but it did make me look a little warmer than usual.








I did this look after I procured Chanel Notorious but for some reason never published it. I think it was a recreation of Vera Wang NYFW Fall 2012, but I cannot be sure anymore. Burberry Porcelain on lids, Notorious to contour!



October








November












December

I hope you've enjoyed reading and found inspiration from Messy Wands throughout the year!

33 comments:

  1. I have really enjoyed your blog this year; keep up the good work!

    Happy new year!

    PS I kind of like you with long hair better :p

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  2. What a great idea! Whilst I love how you look with long hair its the crop that wins for me, its so edgy and cool I think it really suits you and it flatters your delicate features rather than swamping them which maybe your longer hair did a bit. Happy New Year!

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  3. You do the most interesting things with your interesting face, Xiao! I really really need Guerlain Garconne!

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  4. you are beautiful in all of your pics!

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  5. Happy new year Xiao! I really enjoy your blog. And I have to tell you, you wear short hair very well!

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  6. My favorite looks on you tend to be those in which you're wearing cooler tones (LOVE the LM Spring and the LMdB Northern Lights looks), or when you're wearing a bold red lippie - you pull it off SO well, Xiao! I also really like the look of LMdB's Nouvelle Vague...softly edgy and sexy. And the copper and blue!! I definitely got inspiration from that look. But of course, you always look lovely! :)

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  7. You are gorgeous with red lips <3

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  8. You're very beautiful and I love your blog so much! =)

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  9. The waves! The waves! That one makes you look like you came straight out of a magazine, Wandz. /flails

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  10. This is incredibly unfair - you can do no wrong with makeup!

    Some of my favourite Xiao looks are in this post and I am dying over the October Armani look. LOVE YOU AND MESSY WANDS SO MUCH. <3

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  11. I love this! It's cool to see what made it into the blog and what didn't during the year - it's like a sneak peek behind the curtain / a pile of treasures you saved up all year for us :) You look amazing and I'm definitely inspired by your looks and voice. Thank you, Happy New Year and as always, I look forward to more!

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  12. Oh, I especially love March and August! Red lips versus Sweet Look.

    And your pixie cut seemed to release the daredevil in you! Avant garde yet simplistic.

    You're really one of those editorial bloggers! I can never pose and look like that.

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  13. I love March! You can rock red lips like no other.

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  14. I love the clean, nude August look you did, it's so fresh! such a shame you couldn't remember what you used, it's a nude that suits you (I find it so difficult to find one that doesn't wash me out).
    Another of my favourites is the clean lines and cat eyes and the Armani fall campaign that you recreated.

    I love that you experiment with so many looks on here, not many bloggers are willing to do that. You do them well too. I can't wait to see what 2012 has in store.

    Leila

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  15. You look great with long hair.

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  16. Such a fun review! I particularly appreciated the October Armani photo, since in your original post the hat sort of covered up the eye look. Are we voting for favorites? Mine is the Copper + Blue editiorial, since you've made a unique look wearable by perfectly balancing colors. Come 2013, I hope you'll do more of these editorial types of looks, as you have a very deft hand at reinterpreting them for everyday wear.

    Have a great Happy New Year's Eve.

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  17. Dear Xiao, don't hate me but I missed your long hair :-| A very happy and prosperous New Year to you and wishing you many many more years of blogging to come.

    xo,
    Claire

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  18. I cannot handle this post! It's bursting at the seams with Xiao-ness and cheekbones >:O
    And yes, I've enjoyed reading your blog very much :> It is always a source of inspiration but mostly envy <3

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  19. Beautiful Xiao <3 Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I left a comment on your Tatcha skin care review and I wanted to thank you again for introducing this line to me. I am loving their products. I enjoy your writing style and your photos are of excellent quality. Keep up the good work, I look forward to reading more of your blog in 2013. Happy New Year.

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  21. February Laura Mercier Spring and October Armani faces my absolute favorite - both look campaign worthy.

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  22. I LOVED the October Armani fall campaign look, the happy picture of you in the Burberry Lip Velvet, and the copper & blue editorial look. I've really enjoyed reading your blog this past year and can't wait to see what you do in the coming year :D

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  23. HOW can you still look gorgeous in grey/black lips? It's unnatural ;)

    Really enjoyed this post. Thank you.

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  24. Your brows look divine in the August higher nose shot! You should go for strong brows more often :)

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  25. Love your Armani`s Fall look. With long hair you are very beautiful, but with short......too))

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  26. Wahhh this is an explosion of Wandz gorgeousness. Those apple-slicing cheekbones from June and July!

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  27. Love all of the pictures! Maybe you're using darker brow products/applying them more heavily? I feel like my brows have gotten all weird this year too and it's really bugging me!

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  28. You are absolutely stunning with short hair!

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  29. I've been reading your reviews and just recently subscribed to your blog. Love the looks you created, always very simple and yet making a statement. Especially love you in red bold lips! I look forward to many more beautiful looks and wonderful reviews from you in the new year!

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  30. I love the short hair... If you want to experiment, I think you could pull off a very light/platinum blonde with the short hair...

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  31. *sigh*

    Xiao, I hope you know Messy Wands is one of my favourite blogs.
    Keep up the great work!

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